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Challenges and Prospects of Transboundary Water Management in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia

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Rescue of Sturgeon Species in the Ural River Basin

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Since the breakdown of the Soviet Union in 1990 transboundary water management has become very important in Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia (EECCA) since many problems of water protection and use cannot be solved on the national level alone any more. Therefore, most states have taken measures for transboundary water cooperation. However, transboundary water management in the EECCA-region is complicated by many challenges, such as water pollution, lack of data, financial constraints, institutional and structural challenges and shortcomings of concluded agreements. On the other hand, many EECCA-governments are showing increased commitment and interest in transboundary cooperation by allocating additional financial resources, reforming their institutions etc. In addition, various International Organizations and national donors are supporting this trend through capacity-building, funding and other types of assistance.

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Koeppel, S. (2008). Challenges and Prospects of Transboundary Water Management in Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia. In: Lagutov, V. (eds) Rescue of Sturgeon Species in the Ural River Basin. NATO Science for Peace and Security Series C: Environmental Security. Springer, Dordrecht. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4020-8924-4_2

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